Seeking to find big men to replace the injured Festus Ezeli and departed Carl Landry, the Golden State Warriors are looking into the free agent market.
The Warriors are interested in center Chris Kaman, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Wojnarowski reports that the Los Angeles Lakers are in the lead, sharing mutual interest with Kaman, while the Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks, and Sacramento Kings are also intruiged.
Kaman, a 10-year veteran, spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Los Angeles Clippers, making the All-Star Team in 2010 when he averaged 18.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.
Since then, his production has seen a noticeable drop. He averaged 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last season with the Dallas Mavericks after spending the 2010-2011 season with the New Orleans Hornets.
For the Warriors, Kaman would obviously be a formidable backup to Andrew Bogut, and giving his experience with being a starter, could easily slide into that role should Bogut succumb to injury once again. He has a nice shooting touch for someone his size, which provides something that Bogut cannot.
The Kings, meanwhile, may be looking to snag another veteran free agent off the shelves after signing former Warrior Carl Landry to a four-year deal on Sunday.
However, it will be hard for either Northern California team to sign Kaman. According to Wojnarowski, “a return to Southern California to join the Lakers has strong appeal” to Kaman, who is clearly putting Los Angeles on the top of his list.